3 - 4 August 2020
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Arron Wood

Deputy Lord Mayor

City of Melbourne

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Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood chairs the Finance and Governance portfolio for the City of Melbourne.

At the pulse of what makes Melbourne an incredible city, Arron is council representative on the City of Melbourne’s Audit Committee as well as CEO of the Employment Matters Committee. He currently serves on the committee for Melbourne, Victorian Local Governance Association, Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board, the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee (as Lord Mayor’s delegate) and the Melbourne Art Trust.

Arron’s insight and ability to identify emerging green markets and risks to existing markets has seen him speak at the Australasian Mutuals Institute Annual Conference, the KPMG Graduate Induction and the Ernst and Young Human Capital Forum, to name but a few.

As the 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award winner Arron is passionate about the need for Australian businesses to be at the forefront of the new green economy to secure the nation as an environmental knowledge and technology leader.

Arron is  the founder and Managing Director of Firestarter Pty Ltd, an environmental communication and education consultancy business.  He initiated and now runs the highly successful Kids Teaching Kids Program for students from around the world which has attracted $30 million in funding over the 16 year life of the project (single-handedly raised by Arron) and seen 95,000 students participate in the program.  Kids Teaching Kids won the prestigious 2010 People’s Choice Banksia Award chosen from 55 finalists across 10 categories.

Arron is currently the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and has served as the Councillor for the City of Melbourne, Chair of the Environment and Deputy Chair of Economic Development portfolios.

He’s been a Board Member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, a Board Member of Sustainability Victoria and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He’s also been featured on the WME Magazine Leaders List in 2012, the same year he was appointed as the youngest Governor of University College (Melbourne University).